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Primeur weekly 2012-04-02

The Cloud

Bull LiberTP brings legacy applications into the age of Cloud computing

ClearDATA secures funding from Norwest Venture Partners for health care Cloud computing

Qoncert selects IntelePeer SIP Trunking services to connect Cisco Unified Communications systems for business customers

Intertrust and HTC announce strategic technology partnership

Oracle buys ClearTrial

Peach Aviation selects Oracle's Cloud-based Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management

EuroFlash

Projectiondesign adds another dimension to Laval Virtual 2012

Masergy uses ADVA FSP 150 to deliver intelligent Ethernet services to global enterprise customers

Regional supercomputing centre set to revolutionise research

NVIDIA GPUs power top two Russian supercomputers; also selected to boost nation's space programmes

BGI signs MoU with TTI GG, NLeSC and NBIC for taming flood of genomic data

Video reveals wave character of particles

USFlash

SDSC graduate student awarded NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship

Bokhari tests performance of diverse HPC architectures

BGI launches Joint Bioinformatics & Computing Lab with National Supercomputing Center in China

University of Wyoming creating advanced campus computing site to access NCAR supercomputing centre

Rice University and IBM partner to bring first Blue Gene supercomputer to Texas

Oracle delivers world record x86 performance on industry standard Java middleware and transactional database benchmarks

Rutgers teams with IBM to build powerful high-performance computing centre in New Jersey

How quantum physics could make The Matrix more efficient

Supermicro new generation X9 embedded building block solutions deliver 11x PCI-E slots and higher performance with lower power consumption

Supercomputing the difference between matter and antimatter

Latest VME single board computer from Emerson Network Power uses Freescale P5020 QorIQ processor to boost commercial and rugged applications

HP helps U.S. storage partners expand revenue opportunities, profitability with 100 percent channel initiatives

CCC Information Services Inc. leverages Oracle Fusion Middleware to help optimize efficiency, increase scalability and support performance levels of its claims management platform

Rice University and IBM partner to bring first Blue Gene supercomputer to Texas

30 Mar 2012 Houston - Rice University and IBM have signed a partnership to build the first award-winning IBM Blue Gene supercomputer in Texas. Rice also signed a related collaboration agreement with the University of Sao Paulo (USP) in Brazil to initiate the shared administration and use of the Blue Gene supercomputer, which allows both institutions to share the benefits of the new computing resource.

Rice faculty will use the Blue Gene to further their own research and to collaborate with academic and industry partners on a broad range of science and engineering questions related to energy, geophysics, basic life sciences, cancer research, personalized medicine and more.

The collaborative agreement securing Brazil's share of time on Rice's Blue Gene was signed in Sao Paulo March 27 by a delegation that included Rice President David Leebron and USP President Joao Grandino Rodas. David Leebron is traveling with a delegation led by Houston Mayor Annise Parker. The delegation includes Rice Provost George McLendon, Greater Houston Partnership (GHP) President and CEO Jeff Moseley and other GHP members.

"Collaboration and partnership have a unique place in Rice's history as a pre-eminent research university, and it is fitting that Rice begins its second century with two innovative partnerships that highlight the university's commitments to expanding our international reach, strengthening our research and building stronger ties with our home city", David Leebron stated.

USP is Brazil's largest institution of higher education and research, and Joao Grandino Rodas said the agreement represents an important bond between Rice and USP. "The joint utilization of the supercomputer by Rice University and USP, much more than a simple sharing of high-tech equipment, means the strength of an effective partnership between both universities", he stated.

Mayor Parker, a 1978 Rice alumna, stated: "When I was at Rice, it looked inward. Today it looks outward through this agreement. It strengthens not only Rice University but also the city of Houston."

Rice's new Blue Gene supercomputer, which has yet to be named, is slated to become operational in May. It is based on IBM's POWER processor technology, which was developed in part at the company's Austin, Texas labs. Rice and IBM shared the cost of the system.

"High-performance computers like the IBM Blue Gene/P are critical in virtually every discipline of science and engineering, and we are grateful for IBM's help in bringing this resource to Rice", George McLendon stated. "For individual faculty, the supercomputer will open the door to new areas of research. The Blue Gene also opens doors for Rice as the university seeks to establish institutional relationships both in our home city and with critical international partners like USP."

Unlike the typical desktop or laptop computer, which have a single microprocessor, supercomputers typically contain thousands of processors. This makes them ideal for scientists who study complex problems, because jobs can be divided among all the processors and run in a matter of seconds rather than weeks or months. Supercomputers are used to simulate things that cannot be reproduced in a laboratory - like Earth's climate or the collision of galaxies - and to examine vast databases like those used to map underground oil reservoirs or to develop personalized medical treatments.

USP officials said they expect their faculty to use the supercomputer for research ranging from astronomy and weather prediction to particle physics and biotechnology.

"This significant investment by IBM is the result of a long-standing collaborative initiative with Rice where together we have developed a unique and substantial computational resource for the research community in Houston, across the country and around the world", stated Tony Befi, IBM senior state executive for Texas. "This new computing capability will speed the search for new sources of energy, new ways of maximizing current energy sources, new cancer drugs and new routes to personalized medicine. So we're excited that Rice has now joined an exclusive club of the world's top research organisations who use powerful and energy-efficient Blue Gene supercomputers to solve some of the world's most pressing problems."

In 2009, President Obama recognized IBM and its Blue Gene family of supercomputers with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the most prestigious award in the United States given to leading innovators for technological achievement.

Including the Blue Gene/P, Rice has partnered with IBM to launch three new supercomputers during the past two years that have more than quadrupled Rice's high-performance computing capabilities. The addition of the Blue Gene/P doubles the number of supercomputing CPU hours that Rice can offer. The six-rack system contains nearly 25,000 processor cores that are capable of conducting about 84 trillion mathematical computations each second. When fully operational, the system is expected to rank among the world's 300 fastest supercomputers as measured by the TOP500 supercomputer rankings.
Source: IBM

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Primeur weekly 2012-04-02

The Cloud

Bull LiberTP brings legacy applications into the age of Cloud computing

ClearDATA secures funding from Norwest Venture Partners for health care Cloud computing

Qoncert selects IntelePeer SIP Trunking services to connect Cisco Unified Communications systems for business customers

Intertrust and HTC announce strategic technology partnership

Oracle buys ClearTrial

Peach Aviation selects Oracle's Cloud-based Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management

EuroFlash

Projectiondesign adds another dimension to Laval Virtual 2012

Masergy uses ADVA FSP 150 to deliver intelligent Ethernet services to global enterprise customers

Regional supercomputing centre set to revolutionise research

NVIDIA GPUs power top two Russian supercomputers; also selected to boost nation's space programmes

BGI signs MoU with TTI GG, NLeSC and NBIC for taming flood of genomic data

Video reveals wave character of particles

USFlash

SDSC graduate student awarded NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship

Bokhari tests performance of diverse HPC architectures

BGI launches Joint Bioinformatics & Computing Lab with National Supercomputing Center in China

University of Wyoming creating advanced campus computing site to access NCAR supercomputing centre

Rice University and IBM partner to bring first Blue Gene supercomputer to Texas

Oracle delivers world record x86 performance on industry standard Java middleware and transactional database benchmarks

Rutgers teams with IBM to build powerful high-performance computing centre in New Jersey

How quantum physics could make The Matrix more efficient

Supermicro new generation X9 embedded building block solutions deliver 11x PCI-E slots and higher performance with lower power consumption

Supercomputing the difference between matter and antimatter

Latest VME single board computer from Emerson Network Power uses Freescale P5020 QorIQ processor to boost commercial and rugged applications

HP helps U.S. storage partners expand revenue opportunities, profitability with 100 percent channel initiatives

CCC Information Services Inc. leverages Oracle Fusion Middleware to help optimize efficiency, increase scalability and support performance levels of its claims management platform